Former Altai official Vitaly Manishin, who was detained for the murder of a girl, is suspected of a series of similar crimes. According to the Telegram channel Baza, he confessed to the murder of five university students in the summer of 2000. At various times, law enforcement officers checked local shoe dealer Alexander Anisimov, who committed suicide during an investigative experiment, and members of the Novosibirsk group of pimps for involvement in these crimes.
52-year-old former official Vitaly Manishin is being tested for involvement in the kidnapping and murder of female applicants in 2000. This was reported by Kommersant’s sources in law enforcement agencies of the region.
The ex-official was detained in May 2023 in another criminal case – the murder in September 1989 of a 17-year-old girl.
According to the version of law enforcement officers, the accused, while in the company of friends, met a girl. Being alone with her near the village of Zelenaya Dubrava (Rodinsky district), he tried to rape her. However, the girl resisted, after which the accused killed the victim and buried the body. In 1990, it was discovered in a forest belt.
The prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case on the murder (Article 102 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR), which passed into the category of “visyakov”. After more than 30 years, the members of the Investigative Committee’s analytical group for solving crimes of past years again returned to the study of the case materials and carried out additional activities. The security forces re-interrogated the witnesses, checking each on a lie detector. One of the men, who was 19 at the time of the crime, confessed and confirmed it at the scene. Confessed, according to sources, was a former official of the Kalmansky district Manishin, who has a diploma in veterinary medicine.
According to the Telegram channel Baza, the detainee also confessed to the murder of five applicants from the Altai State Technical University (AltSTU) in the summer of 2000.
The regional department of the TFR left this information without comment, advising to adhere to the official press release of the department. “As part of the criminal case under investigation, the involvement of the accused in the commission of other especially grave crimes committed in previous years is established,” the regional TFR said in a statement.
In the summer of 2000, five AltSTU entrants disappeared. Yulia Tikhtiekova was the first to go missing. On June 29, the parents brought the girl to the building of the university, and she went to the admissions office to submit documents. The girl did not return home. The next day, the Tikhtiyekovs turned to the police, who opened a search case.
Following her, Liliana Voznyuk (July 28), Olga Shmakova (August 1), Anzhela Burdakova (August 8) and Ksenia Kirgizova (August 15) disappeared. The bodies of most of the girls were found in the forest on the territory of the Kalmansky district near Barnaul. Just in this area the detainee worked.
It should be noted that in the fall of the same year, on suspicion of involvement in the murders of applicants, law enforcement officers detained a Barnaul shoe dealer Alexander Anisimov. During the investigative experiment, he committed suicide. Members of the Novosibirsk gang also came to the attention of law enforcement officers, who for several years kidnapped girls in Siberian cities and, blackmailing them, involved them in prostitution. However, it was not possible to prove the involvement of the group in the kidnapping of AltSTU entrants.
The case of the famous “Barnaul maniac”, who operated in the early 00s, can be considered solved. Vitaly Manishin, deputy head of the district administration, confessed to the murders of female students.
Most of the killings took place in the summer of 2000. Then, in three months, five applicants who were going to enter the Altai State Technical University disappeared at once: Yulia Tekhtiekova, Liliana Voznyuk, Olga Shmakova, Anzhela Burdakova and Ksenia Kirgizova. According to the relatives of the missing, before the disappearance, the applicants had to meet with a person who promised to help them with admission. Interestingly, all the girls disappeared after visiting the university – the last time they were seen entering the building of the university, and then the trace of the students was lost. The bodies of most of the girls were found only a year later near Barnaul. All of them were killed.
That autumn, investigators had a suspect – previously convicted 45-year-old Alexander Anisimov. There was no direct evidence against him. In the cell, Anisimov tried to commit suicide, but he did not succeed, and a month later, during an investigative experiment, Anisimov jumped out of the window. The disappearances of the girls stopped, but not everyone believed in Anisimov’s guilt.
And in early May 2023, investigators detained 52-year-old Vitaly Manishin. Initially, he was suspected in a completely different case – the murder of a certain girl in 1989. However, according to “Base”, recently Manishin confessed to the murder of five AltSTU entrants in 2000. On June 21, he was charged with the murder of five people.
It is known that during the crimes Manishin worked as a veterinarian in the area where the bodies of the dead were found. Later, Vitaly got a job as an official. Until March 2023, he served as deputy head of the Kalman administration, in charge of the committee for housing and communal services, construction and gasification.
Perhaps this is not the final point in the “Barnaul Maniac” case. Even before the summer of 2000, in 1998-99, four ASU female applicants disappeared in a similar way. Their murders were also linked to the Barnaul Maniac.